From time to time people comment about how I seem to be analytical… kind of a “thinker” if you will. And recently, an acquaintance said I have a “peculiar” thought process. I considered this a compliment because I strive to remain objective, and open to new perspectives and information.
Before moving on, I’ll suggest that being open to new perspectives and information, is not the same as being open-minded. I’m careful about this distinction because the term “open-minded” is often synonymous with the term “tolerant”. And one of the last things I care to be called is “tolerant”. As I said, I strive to remain objective and open to new perspectives and information… but I do so for the purpose of challenging what I think I know. My goal is to end up with a more accurate understanding of truths that I can share with others.
Now I’m not sure how you feel about the term or characteristic of being “open-minded”… so I’ll apologize in advance if I offend. It’s just that in my experience, the “open-minded” (aka; tolerant) person is less concerned with truth. They tend to want everyone to just “live and let live”… and put little emphasis on sharing thoughts and beliefs.
Ultimately, I think the way I do for many reasons, but the most important of which is because I feel scripture sets this example. When Jesus spoke in parables, he did so in order to make the message relevant to the people he was talking to. I would not describe Jesus as open-minded or tolerant (John 2:13-17)… but I would describe him as open to teaching from a new perspective (Matthew 13:1-30).
I like to think Jesus did this so that people could gain a more accurate understanding of truth… so we can share it with others.
For those that agree, as well as those that have a different perspective on this blog… feel free to leave a comment below.